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Cameras point towards the set for the Central Perk cafe from the hit ‘90s show “Friends.” Which “Friends” Thanksgiving episode is the best? (Clément Proust | Pexels)

Poll: Which ‘Friends’ Thanksgiving episode is best?

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | November 20, 2023

The iconic ‘90s sitcom “Friends” had one Thanksgiving episode in each of its 10 seasons; but unfortunately, all of them could not be included in this poll.  Which of these five “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes is the best?  “The One...

 A graphic includes two people and kindness logos. Opinion Columnist Alberto Briones interviewed students about the late Matthew Perry. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Matthew Perry remembered by students

By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist | November 16, 2023

  The world is overwhelmed with grief by the death of "Friends" star Matthew Perry.  Perry, age 54, died at his home in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, according to Business Insider. Many viewers watched "Friends" and felt they could relate to the characters....

Actor Matthew Perry poses at the premiere for Ride. Perry died at the age of 54 and was most known for his role as Chandler Bing on the show Friends. (Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Remembering everyone’s ‘friend’ Matthew Perry

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist | November 8, 2023

Charismatic actor Matthew Perry died on Oct. 28. Best known for portraying Chandler Bing on the 1994 hit TV series “Friends,” Perry is a remarkable actor who has left a lasting impact on the world. Perry skyrocketed to fame in the mid-1990s when...

Friends actors (left) Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc sitting in a park during Friends: The Reunion. The group was asked if Ross and Rachel were on a break during this conversation.

Poll: Were Ross and Rachel on a break?

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | March 21, 2023

A debate that has plagued the fans of the ‘90s sitcom “Friends,” is whether Ross and Rachel were on a break.  Ross and Rachel had an on again, off again relationship through the 10 season show. The first mention of the opulent taking a break...

Opinion Columnist Lucy Atkinson shares a story about an unfortunate high school ski race.

That Time I… snail-paced a ski race

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor | November 4, 2022

Throughout high school, some of my fondest memories are traced back to time spent on the cross-country skiing team.  One clarification must be made, however: while I skied competitively for seven years, I acquired very little glory.  Clumsy, slow...

Valentines Day is not only for romance

Valentine’s Day is not only for romance

By Ally Formeller | February 7, 2022
Valentine’s Day celebrations can include friends and family.
TV shows are great for more than just mindless binge watching. Television gives us couples to look up to and envy the relationships they have on screen.

5 TV shows worth watching again

By Ariel Morris, Lifestyle writer | January 23, 2022

Some of the best TV shows ever aired have created so much nostalgia through past generations. Shows that brought us entertainment, inspiration, growth and knowledge left a memorable mark on many and are still loved and rewatched to this day. These shows...


Destination Procrastination

By Samantha Manahan | March 8, 2018


Top 10 Halloween specials to get students in the spirit

By Nathaniel Repay | October 30, 2017

Here are 10 of the best Halloween episodes available on streaming services, perfect to put on while carving pumpkins, between trick-or-treaters or while the friend with the complicated costume takes extra long to get ready.10. “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns”...

Point/Counterpoint: Preferred names

February 13, 2017

Point: Name changes take step toward inclusivenessEditor in Chief Jay IbarraNIU was strong in giving students the right to use their preferred name and gender pronouns because it creates acceptance and understanding throughout college.Similar to many...

Netflix and Chill Binge

By Michael Malaychuk | December 3, 2015

It’s important to be prepared for the hours of free time that lie ahead of you with winter break around the corner. Obviously, one of the best and cheapest ways to pass time is by watching Netflix. If you’re looking for titles to binge-watch over...

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy in moderation

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy in moderation

By Blake Glosson | November 24, 2014

You can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without regret — and without derailing your health goals.I know that’s hard to believe when the starting lineup this Thursday includes succulent turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, casseroles and warm stuffing — all...